We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture that respects and maximizes the contribution of all our employees.
SUPPORTING A DIVERSE WORKPLACE
Diverse workplaces reflect our communities and contribute towards improvements in innovation. It provides opportunities for personal growth and also facilitates better decision-making.
SYSTRA supports several diversity organisations and has implemented a host of flexible-first policies to cater for our employees’ diverse backgrounds. We are a member of the Diversity Council of Australia which is the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Here is how we support different diversity groups.
SYSTRA ANZ is a member of Welcome Here. The Welcome Here Project supports businesses and services throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. Our employees are required to complete training on LGBTQI+ awareness.
All employees who have completed at least 12 month’s service are entitled to paid parental leave. Primary carers can take up to 12 weeks’ paid parental leave at the usual rate of pay, with superannuation contributions made. Secondary carers can take up to 6 weeks paid parental leave at the usual rate of pay, with superannuation contributions made.
Public holiday swapping scheme
Cultural Awareness training
Employees may elect to swap their public holidays to other dates, to make it easier to observe cultural or religious holidays which are not designated public holidays in the state or country they work in. E.g., an employee who follows the Muslim faith may choose to work on the Easter public holidays and instead take that amount of public holiday leave during Ramadan.
Every new employee is assigned mandatory Cultural Awareness Training run by CATOnline, an Indigenous owned and operated business. Throughout this course, employees will learn about the many challenges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have faced since colonisation.
We have also established our Reflect RAP to help drive our contribution to reconciliation within SYSTRA and in the communities in which we operate.
Supporting women in STEM
Cultural Awareness training
The Women’s Safety Charter has been developed collaboratively with the input of 80 organisations. It builds upon research done by Plan International on how safe girls feel as they move around the cities in which they live, and the Committee for Sydney’s work on the social and economic impact of girls and women not feeling safe.
The Women in STEM Decadal Plan is a 10-year roadmap for achieving sustained increases in girls and women’s STEM participation and retention from school through to careers. Working together with Techgirls on this initiative, SYSTRA will publicly share our gender equity journey with the Australian Academy of Science.
SYSTRA ANZ hosts an annual R U OK? Day webinar as well as a lunch at each of its offices. Sometimes a mental health ambassador is invited to present during the webinar alongside staff run workshops. Our organisation donates to the R U OK fund, but employees are also encouraged to contribute to their local office collection box or to donate online.
SYSTRA ANZ has partnered with AccessEAP to provide employees with over-the-phone and in person counselling services. All staff and members of their household can use the 24/7 hotline 1800 818 728. There is also an option for in-person therapy, with all costs covered.
Reconciliation Action Plan
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